Carol Powell’s work is an exploration of uncontrollable circumstances. Her mixed media work is all-at-once humorous, tragic and autobiographical. Powell mixes dry irony about her life conditions (including her struggle with diabetes) and social observation with nostalgic story-book style imagery. They are a mix of fabric, paint, marker and collage. She has been influenced by many contemporary, folk, and commercial artists, as well as by children’s books and Eastern Indian paintings and textiles.
Her artwork has been shown and held in various collections including the Santa Barbara Museum, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.